Sociology is the study of people, of human and social relations in all kinds of populations. Sociologists investigate how people interact, how societies change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Popular topics within the discipline include race relations, crime, urbanization, migration, religion, and the family.
The mission of Asbury University’s Sociology program is to equip students to effectively engage and work within various global socio-cultural systems, organizations, and institutions that require an understanding of the diversity of human social contexts and interactions. Sociological inquiry at Asbury draws on the rich Wesleyan tradition, which propelled the abolitionist movement in the 19th century and the women’s suffrage and urban reform movements of the early 20th century. Today this tradition continues to spur adherents to work toward environmental justice and against human trafficking. This record of social reform makes Asbury a particularly compelling place to think about issues of justice, dignity, and human flourishing.
The sociology major is designed to equip students to become more compassionate, effective, and empathetic theoreticians and practitioners. It provides a foundation in classical theory, various methodological approaches, and real-world applications. A versatile major, sociology offers career options in nonprofit, social research, cross-cultural, religious, education, and business sectors.